Instead, Strahan had a career year, and Holmes had a career slide registering only 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks. In 2000 he had 73 tackles, 8 sacks with the Titans.
According to the New York Post, Holmes tore a piece off his right meniscus cartilage in training camp, and because he played through the injury, he never really got better.
A six-week strengthening program allowed Holmes to avoid knee surgery, and he soon will be cleared to run.
While his knee is better, his heart and ego are still bruised.
Holmes was left unprotected by the Giants in the expansion draft earlier this year to stock the newly formed Houston Texans.
The Post quoted him as saying "It's a job and that's how I'm looking at it. I've always been a team player and I will continue to be, but at the same time that loyalty, it goes a long way, it makes you go the extra mile."
If Holmes can put last season behind him and have a solid performance in 2002, he may find that his wounded ego can heal.